As predicted the Canadian men’s hockey exacted revenge on the Norwegians on Thursday with a 3-0 beating that was more complete than the score would indicate. Canada followed that up with complete blowout against the Austrian team today, 6-0, presenting the country with a Valentines gift.
On the medal front, not so good the past few days, with only a silver medal by Patrick Chan in figure skating. A mini-slump I’m sure and one that will not last long.
Overall, we are holding down 3rd spot with 4 gold and 11 total medals.
To round out today’s post, I bring you 2 things.
First, an article off Yahoo news outlining the USA’s case of Olympic envy – here
Second, free beer in Sochi, but only if you have a Canadian passport, or a Canadian friend I guess.
A bit of a down day for medal count, 1 silver, but even that has a story. Denny Morrison won the silver in the 1000 metre long track speed skating, that is the fact. Now the back story. He is our best skater at this distance, but, fell during our Olympic trials and did not qualify for this race. Fast forward to today, The Canadian who did qualify, Gilmore Junio, decided that for the team, Denny should run the race rather than him. Good choice, we won a silver. Another example of Canada at it’s best.
Even with this medal, we still trail the Viking (Norway) hordes in total medals, and the Germans in gold medals. Having said that, we are about to exact a measure of revenge against the Norwegians. Tomorrow morning, those robust northerners will have the crap beaten out of them in men’s hockey, as Canada flexes it’s ample muscles against the hapless Nordics.
Speaking of hockey, I fart in the general direction of the USA women’s hockey team, HAHAHA on you, as the Canadian woman beat up on you today, allowing us a potential match up with the German women to exact revenge upon them as well.
Go Canada Go.
Woke up this morning to the sound of a gold and a bronze medal. Once again our skiers put 2 people on the podium, this time in the Women’s Ski Slopestyle. Congratulations to Dara Howell for the gold performance and to Kim Lamarre for her bronze. At the end of the day, we fell from first as those accursed Norwegians, the scourge of the northern seas (and discoverers of Canada) passed us with a total of 11 medals, including 4 gold, to our 9 with 4 gold. Tomorrow is another day, and we will defeat the Viking hordes.
On a more friendly note, a Canadian showed the world what sportsmanship is today. A Russian cross-country skier, Anton Gafarov, broke his ski when he crashed early in the race. He was so determined to finish, that he carried on, basically on 1 ski, with no chance to win. A gruelling decision. From out of the crowd, Canadian skier Justin Wadsworth came forth with a ski, which he gave to Gafarov. The Olympic spirit personified. Anton went on and finished the course.
I think I may be insufferable to non-Canadians for the next week or 2. It is Sochi 2014, the Winter Olympics, and Canadians own winter. There is every chance that our nation of 33 million will take on the world and come out on top of said world. Day 3 is now complete and we are leading the way in medals and gold medals, positioned strongly to take even more tomorrow. Today we set a personal best 3 day total ever and now have 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 bronze. For the second time in moguls, we put the gold and silver medallist on the podium. Congratulations to repeat gold medallist Alexandre Bilodeau and to silver winner Mikael Kingsbury. Congratulations as well to Charles Hamelin who won the first of what Canada hopes will be 3 gold medals, this one in 1,500 metre short track speed-skating.